The Straits Times
Published on Nov 12, 2012

Government estimates increased foreign worker demand in 2030


The National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) has released estimates of how many more foreign workers Singapore will need in the healthcare and construction sector, and as foreign domestic workers.

In an occasional paper released today, NPTD projected that the ageing population will mean a demand for 91,000 healthcare workers in 2030, of whom about 28,000 will be foreigners.

This is up from 50,000 healthcare workers in 2011, of whom 13,000 were foreign.

There were 250,000 construction workers here in 2011. The Government is expanding the rail network and building more flats and healthcare facilities, which should require more workers, but also improving productivity, which should reduce the number needed.